Big Brother is watching you . . . and your family!

Juan Williams: If You Have A Mentally Ill Family Member, Government You Shouldn’t Let You Have A Gun

Fox News contributor Juan Williams debated with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham on the Fox News Sunday panel after show when he suggested that family members of gun owners should be ‘checked’ for mental heath issues in order for a gun to be purchased “Lets check on people around you”

Among the stupid ideas floating around this has got to be one of the stupidest. It’s a complete non-starter.

So Joe Goodguy decides he needs a handgun for self defense. Joe is a good guy who never loses his temper, drinks nor uses drugs. He is a model of good mental health and has never gotten a traffic ticket let alone get arrested. Joe picks out a suitable low-caliber revolver and expresses his desire to make a purchase to the gun store clerk.

Great choice!” says the clerk. “Just fill out these forms listing all your personal information and the names of all your friends, relatives and roommates. Then you can get started on this Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. When you get finished we’ll set up your psych interview appointment. You can pick your gun up in 3-4 months when the police complete their background investigation.

So how are the cops gonna verify the sanity of would-be gun purchasers’ family and friends? Are they gonna conduct psychological exams on all of them? Will mental patients’ records start including the names of their family members? I’m sure the American Psychological Association will be thrilled with that new bureaucratic paperwork.

And what about people who already own guns? Are we gonna check up on them? Are these checks gonna be a one time thing or an annual event?

What about someone who wants a gun to protect themselves from a crazy family member?

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27 Responses to Big Brother is watching you . . . and your family!

  1. Lulu says:

    I think we need to have IQ testing for people before they appear on television running their mouth. If their are demonstrably idiotic or have no common knowledge of various subjects they should be banned from talking heads or game shows. If that is passed a bank statement check should be initiated to see who is paying them to say stupid stuff for various political agendas. If someone wants people scrutinized we can start with them.

    • jeffhas says:


    • elliesmom says:

      We used to care that the men and women who brought us the news at least appeared to be knowledgeable about what was going on in the news. No one ever thought Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley was stupid. When they had biases, it wasn’t blatant. “Game Show Host” and “Weather Girl” types never would have made it in broadcast news, but that’s all we seem to have these days. If people didn’t watch, the networks would have to find people we would watch, but most people seem content. I know if Fox News went away, my Obamacrat friends would think the way the news is presented today is perfect. I haven’t watched the evening news shows in a couple of years, and it hasn’t kept me from being well-informed about the sorry state of the world. But I would watch Cronkite or Brinkley if they rose from the dead.

      • Lulu says:

        You never got the feeling that the old news guys were getting “supplemental income” for their opinions which they usually kept to themselves. When someone like Williams is spouting off his agenda bullet points someone needs to ask him which advocacy group or think tank is currently paying him or his current employer (or his wife, kids, grandma, B-I-L, etc). People don’t advocate limiting other people’s constitutional rights unless it will benefit them in some way and that usually includes money.

    • piper says:

      Agree but want to also add that all of Hollyweirds need a pscyh eval before they open their mouths without benefit of scripts.

  2. myiq2xu (D) says:

    • Mary says:

      David Gregory (Meet the Press host) sends his children to the same school…..11 armed guards……but he trashed the NRA’s ideas on his show Sunday.

    • angienc (D) says:

      You know I love being vindicated — I said that same thing 3 days ago (although I didn’t know the # of guards). The kids of all the politicians, big-name MSM people & celebrities go to schools with armed security details.
      Heck, my parents sacrificed to send me & my brother to private elementary & high schools because the public schools were crap were I grew up and THOSE schools had armed guards.
      It’s only the “rabble” that the people mocking LaPierre’s suggestion think should be unprotected.

      BTW — go to a courthouse or other state/federal building — seems the government values the people who work there more than public schools kids because taxpayer money is being used for armed security and metal detectors there. Hell, you can’t even take a cell phone into a federal courthouse.

  3. yttik says:

    Anybody watch Doc Martin? He’s in a tiny English village with all sorts of quirky characters. The one guy with a serious mental disorder is the only one who’s armed. He’s the park ranger and he needs his gun to protect himself from imaginary poachers and giant squirrels. They put him and his gun out in the middle of nowhere and try to keep him away from the village.

    That’s comedy, but there’s a lot of truth to it. The only person who thinks he’s completely sane and rational is the one with a genuine mental illness. Healthy people know they’re crazy.

    • smile says:

      I love that show. Very addictive. But only got a few of the episodes. Don’t recall the character with the gun though.

  4. myiq2xu (D) says:

    I have four pillows on my bed. Whenever I wake up at least two of them are on the floor. Sometimes all four.

  5. DandyTiger says:

    That level of big brother crap is embarrassing. Unfortunately that’s the level of crap I’m hearing from many of my Dem friends. What the hell happened to them? Did a bunch of pods fall from space recently and I missed it?

    • HELENK says:

      wonder what Senator Inouye thought of the NEW democratic party.? It no longer stands for the ideals that he fought for. Can not believe that this man would ever put party before country.

  6. swanspirit says:

    The reason so many newspapers magazines and cable news channels , are either failing or have poor ratings is that they suck yes, but they also have a glaringly obvious agenda . There is no thinking , just babbling ; there are better, deeper and more intelligent, thoughtful , and relevant conversations on blogs and even FB for crying out loud. People like Juan Williams need psyche testing . I personally think any presidential candidate should be psyche tested too . We would have eliminated Obama and Edwards , and more than a few others right off the bat !

  7. swanspirit says:

    Just because …..
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    1,500 years after the last frankincense tree disappeared from the Holy Land, Dr Solowey has managed to grow the first shoots of a tree whose scented white sap was once worth more than gold.

    At Kibbutz Ketura deep in Israel’s Negev Desert, Dr Solowey is carefully nurturing the fragile sapling in her greenhouse, where she is also growing myrrh and balm of Gilead – probably the “gold” brought by the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.

  8. mcnorman says:

    What about someone who wants a gun to protect themselves from a crazy family member?

    Obviously Juan has a picture perfect family. No worries about the family fun ones.

  9. 49erDweet says:

    William’s comments are instructive:
    1. He obviously has family members w/mental health issues.
    2. He obviously has reservations of his ability to be safe amongst them.
    3. He somehow thinks “the government” wants to protect him
    Never that sharp, he’s somehow slipped another cog.

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